Staff and students past and present witnessed a unique event at the Warriner School in Bloxham on Tuesday as it officially opened its new sixth form building.
Work to get a sixth form at the village school has gone on for more than 40 years and the new building was finally unveiled by former leader of Oxfordshire County Council Keith Mitchell.
Warriner head teacher Dr Annabel Kay said: “It really is quite amazing to say that we have reached this stage of having this building at the school. It is very exciting for the students as they decided what they wanted the sixth form to be, but we expect them to give something back to the community and have an impact on the younger students.”
The building comprises four classrooms and a study area centred around a large common area. Planning was granted by Oxfordshire County Council in January and construction work took about seven months to complete.
The first intake of Year 12 students started their lessons on Tuesday and are already settling into life as the school’s first A-level pupils.
Thomas Dence, 16, who will study physics, chemistry, biology and maths said: “We all have the facilities here to make our learning as good as possible, the common area will be great not only for studying but for socialising as well.
“We hope that we can leave a lasting legacy on the sixth form in years to come and that future students in the next ten years can see what we have done when they come to study here too.”
Simon Conway, head of sixth form, added: “Everyone is really enthusiastic about the new sixth form. It is a big thing for the whole community as we have waited so long for it to happen.”